Originally posted on Mr. Irrelevant  |  Last updated 11/29/11
Caps Correspondent Brad Parker returns to address yesterday’s big news. You heard it all day Monday. You’ll hear it for a long time to come. Bruce Boudreau was fired because he lost the players, especially the Russians. It’s a convenient excuse for firing the coach that got 200 wins faster than any other in NHL history, but he didn’t lose his job because he lost the room. I’m not saying he didn’t lose the respect of Ovechkin and Semin (among others). He probably did. And I’m not arguing that the firing wasn’t justified. As much as I like Boudreau as a person, GMGM had every reason to make the change. But let’s be perfectly clear, he wasn’t fired because he lost the players. That was a symptom, not the disease. Here are the real reasons Bruce got canned. Unrealistic Expectations When Boudreau took over as coach almost exactly four years ago, he inherited the worst team in the league. By spring the Caps were the hottest team in hockey and won 11 of their final 12 games to sneak i...
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